Location: Crestone, Colorado
Size: 2.5 acres
Established: April 2001
Address: P.O. Box 998, 3000 East Dream Way RD. Crestone, CO 81131
The Shumei International Institute has 3 gardens. The Center garden is ¾ of an acre, the Palomino garden is ¼ of an acre and Bluebird Field is presently ¾ of an acre.
Crestone Farm uses the Center garden as a demonstration garden for introducing visitors to the Shumei Natural Agriculture philosophy.
The Palomino and Bluebird field gardens are used for producing Natural Agriculture vegetables. The vegetables are then used for preparing meals for their staff and visitors. In addition, they sell them in downtown Crestone during the summer to locals and out-of-town visitors. The customers really enjoy the produce and have commented that it allows them to eat fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables. Shumei International Institute has also implemented a hands-on Natural Agriculture school program twice a year in the spring and fall since 2004, welcoming school children from the local charter school. Each season around 40 participants from Kindergarten through grade 2 participate in the Crestone Farm program.